Oh I See! Getting CIOs to view their jobs from a different angle:

business IT alignment


August 28, 2012  6:29 AM

Right or wrong?



Posted by: Arun Gupta
business IT alignment, business uncertainty, Business value of IT, CIO, IT lead innovation, Leadership, Success

My friendly Board Member who has also been my mentor for some time now always brings up very interesting points in discussions. I have always enjoyed talking to him as he challenges conventional wisdom with his way outside the box ideas. Being technology savvy, discussions with him tend to be not...

August 21, 2012  4:03 AM

Good CIO, Bad CIO



Posted by: Arun Gupta
Bad CIO, business IT alignment, CIO, Good CIO, vendor CIO alignment, vendor management

The front page of a business newspaper carried an interview of some of the big 5 IT services company CEOs that had me engrossed as these industry captains shape the direction for the industry, influence


July 24, 2012  8:28 AM

CIO brand value



Posted by: Arun Gupta
business IT alignment, business of IT, business technology, CIO, CIO value

Every enterprise has an IT function though the name it goes by may be different. Not many call it EDP or MIS anymore, IT is the...


July 10, 2012  5:11 AM

Out of scope or scope creep



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment

When I wrote about requirement gathering versus solving business problems last week, I did not anticipate the kind of comments I would get. The agreements and flurry of lateral thoughts gave me...


July 3, 2012  8:24 AM

Requirement gathering



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CIO role, Leadership

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a small step; similarly, the development or deployment of systems and solutions begins with requirement gathering. Conventional wisdom has it that IT teams talk to business users to gather their requirements, and then go about creating or finding a...


September 27, 2011  2:39 AM

Metrics that matter



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CIO Dashboard, IT budget, IT Metrics, Measuring success

I bumped into an angel investor in a social gathering organized by a company funded by him. Discussing a range of subjects, he was interested in understanding how customers of his funded company used technology; and traction with the management across different sectors....


August 9, 2011  5:44 AM

Language curriculum for CIOs or …



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, Changing role of the CIO, CIO speak, engaging with the CIO, IT vendors

The Chairman of the Indian entity of a leading global IT vendor company addressing a gathering of CIOs stressed on the (now so obvious) fact that CIOs should speak in business language. Everyone in the audience agreed and appreciated this repetition like the fact that “the sun rises in the...


November 23, 2010  4:44 AM

Mr IT vendor, what did you expect?



Posted by: Arun Gupta
business IT alignment, CIO as business leader, CIO evolution, CIO role, desktop virtualization, engaging the CIO, VDI

Last week, I was at a round table discussion organized by one of the big IT vendors which focused on "Virtual Desktop Infrastructure", amongst other things. A gathering of about 15 CIOs was invited to explore the adoption of desktop virtualization — its associated merits, challenges and...


August 16, 2010  6:52 AM

OMG not a CIO, but a CDO (Chief Disinformation Officer)!



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CDO, Chief Disinformation Officer, Chief Invisible Officer, CIO, CIO and alignment

The other day, I found myself aghast by the onstage passions of learned men—those who had absolutely no kind words for the CIO. I tried to get up from my seat in the audience with a wish to raise my voice against what was going on (CIO bashing), but something invisible pulled me back. The 400+...


June 29, 2010  4:59 AM

What’s in a name?



Posted by: Arun Gupta
business IT alignment, business technology, evolution of IT, role of the CIO

In recent times, there have been many consultants, research entities and academia discussing the IT organization's transformation. The proposed concept seeks to rechristen IT to BT to reflect the new nature of the expected role. The rationale is largely around the fact that business drives...


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